December 4, 2011 |
If it had not caught the attention of a handful of important readers, Jesmyn Ward's "Salvage the Bones" would most likely have quietly faded into obscurity; many worthy books do. Now, however, this novel about a poor Mississippi family in the weeks leading up to 2005's Hurricane Katrina has a prominent place in bookstores and boasts the gold medallion that comes with winning the 2011 National Book Award. Book awards are marvelously idiosyncratic. While major film and music awards are based on the votes of a large group - meaning there is a general consensus or popularity - book awards are frequently selected by just a few people.
February 18, 2009 |
Bones from six bodies have been uncovered in the desert west of Albuquerque during the last two weeks, and police said Tuesday that they were probably put there by one person. As detectives shore up their list of suspects, the list of possible victims is growing to include a group of 16 prostitutes who went missing from Albuquerque between 2001 and 2006, and others reported missing from various parts of the state.
May 22, 2011 |
Near the end of "The Leopard," Giuseppe di Lampedusa's 1958 novel about the crumbling Sicilian aristocracy, a priest visits three spinsters to assess the holy relics in the family's private family chapel. The priest determines that, out of all the various bits of bone and other strange objects, some are authentic and should be kept. The rest are thrown away. If author Charles Freeman had been along on that visit, he would have insisted, "Don't throw anything away! Keep everything!"
April 22, 2012 |
Jesmyn Ward was struggling. Despite two master's degrees and five years of work experience, her job situation was difficult: She commuted an hour each way to a low-paying college teaching job. In her writing career, things were even worse. She sent out stories and got back rejection letters. Her agent tried and failed, and tried and failed again, to sell her book. "I almost gave up," Ward says. In the spring of 2008, she thought, "Maybe I should stop this. Maybe I should just quit and do something that would give me a steady, higher paycheck, like nursing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1988
A skull and bones identified as human remains were found in a brushy area in Tierrasanta Sunday, police said. The bones were found by a hiker Sunday afternoon about 200 yards from the north end of Santo Road, police said. Pending further tests, police officials said that they could not identify whether the bones are those of a man or woman and could not estimate how long ago the body decomposed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1995
Sheriff's investigators Thursday were examining a pile of bones that appeared to be human, which were found near the Golden State Freeway, officials said. The bones were found about 1 p.m. on Smokey Bear Road, a dirt road about a mile north of Pyramid Lake, Deputy George Ducolumbier said. He said it was unknown how long they had been there.